PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A study by the Hospital Association of Rhode Island finds that state residents suffer from mental illness and struggle with their weight at rates higher than the national average.
The Community Health Needs Assessment released Wednesday, used data from a survey conducted in 2011 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/MaXNyl ) that 22 percent of those surveyed in Rhode Island had been diagnosed with depressive disorder, compared to just under 17 percent nationally. The state’s obesity rate was put at 25 percent, lower than the national average. But the report found that the percentage of Rhode Islanders who are overweight is higher than the national average.
The study also found that four out of five Rhode Islanders have a health-care provider.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com